Silence pierced by the sound of anti-missile sirens, invitations broadcast over loudspeakers to reach nearby shelters: this is the situation in Japanese provinces that could be hit by a ballistic missile launch from North Korea.
Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido and its prefecture northeast of Aomori came after North Korea fired a ballistic missile, prompting strong condemnation from Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. This was announced by the Japanese government citing local media.
Prefectures urge you to reach shelters
Tokyo issued an air alert asking residents in Hokkaido and Aomori to stay indoors or go to nearby shelters. As a precaution, Japan’s main railway operator has suspended service of Shinkansen superfast trains in the northern part of the archipelago and has issued an alert in the airspace affected by the missile’s path.
It would have been a ballistic missile and then hit the sea
It would have been an “IBM” intercontinental ballistic missile, TV broadcaster Asahi reported, citing government sources. Therefore, it will be a missile (short for Intercontinental Ballistic Missile) for long-range delivery of nuclear warheads, capable of reaching significant altitudes and therefore a range of 5500 km.
The UN has decided to impose sanctions against North Korea
The UN Security Council banned North Korea’s missile and nuclear programs and decided to impose sanctions on the country. According to Seoul, the Pyongyang regime is finalizing preparations for a nuclear test, which it could undertake on dates between the Chinese Communist Party Congress this month and mid-term elections in the United States in November. South Korea also sounded the alarm after military authorities said it had detected an unidentified missile launched from North Korea in the direction of Japan.
The US also condemned the missile test
The command of US forces for the Pacific-Indian Ocean region condemned North Korea’s missile test towards Japan, assuring that “the defense commitment of Japan and South Korea remains unchanged”. The US also warned against further illegal and destabilizing initiatives
October 4, 2022 (Change October 4, 2022 | 05:51)
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